Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Return of Steve Johnson; Orioles Father-Son Combos

Last month I wrote about Bob Kennedy being the first player for the modern Orioles to hit a grand slam. Kennedy also happens to be among the rare father-son combinations to have played for the Orioles; his son, Terry Kennedy, caught for the Orioles in 1987 and 1988 and earned an All-Star nod in '87.

The return of Steve Johnson to the Orioles on Tuesday raises the possibility of this list getting longer. And why not? Dave Johnson played for the Birds from 1989 through 1991.

Other father-son duos to have suited up for the Orioles include the following:

-Dave May (1967-1970) and Derrick May (1999).

-Don Buford (1968-1972) and Damon Buford (1993-1995).

-Tim Raines (four games in 2001) and Tim Raines Jr. (2001, 2003, 2004).

Other potential candidates besides Steve Johnson are as follows:

-Steve Bumbry, son of Al Bumbry (1972-1984), who was drafted by the Orioles in 2009.

-Toronto pitchers Kyle Drabek, son of Doug Drabek (1998), and Josh Roenicke, son of Gary Roenicke (1978-1975). 

-Tug Hulett, son of Tim Hulett (1989-1994), who plays in the Boston system.



Anonymous said...

...what about Cal Ripken Jr./Sr.? too obvious, or...?

Matthew Taylor said...

Cal Sr. never played in the majors. He was in the Orioles' minor league system.